My birds have the run of the yard for now and I check on them several times a day. Yesterday I ran a cat out of the hutch and today I saw a hawk attemting to flee the scene with a fresh kill (my neighbors bird, not mine). When I first went out I heard Chickie-Lou "bawk-bawk-bawk-BAGAWK" several times so I called to her and she quieted and came out from behind the shed. NO ONE else was to be seen. Weird. Then out from the corner of my neighbors yard, closest to our shed, I saw what looked like two chickens fighting, both black/white/grey looking. Then one tried to fly off with the other. Holy sh*t! That's not a chicken! I watched it circle round and perch in a tree over the yard (and carcas that it dropped) and stare down at me and the carcas, alternately. I remembered I'd seen his little flock dirt bathing in that corner just a little while ago and that Chickie and my two juveniles were spotted in the garden frozen still with Chickie checking the sky every few beats. The juvies were following and mimicing her every move. I start about looking for the rest of the flock, both mine and the neighbors and not a peep was heard nor a feather to be seen. Chickie had herded everyone under the shed. Including my young rooster who thinks he's king of the yard. He pecks babies and raises hackles all the time, generally acting big and bad but not exactly being a good watchful roo. I guess he'll learn that as Chickie-Lou teaches him, hahaha! Well, everyone is accounted for now. Mine anyway, the neighbor is short one pullet. I heard their little-big-man rooster crowing from under their house and saw one of their pullets running around on their porch. I can't wait till Chickie-Lou has a brood of her own. She's going to make such a good mama. Oh- before anyone starts in on me about protecting them..... The chicken pen is is progress and will be ready in a couple of weeks. Until then, I'll be checking on them several times a day as I do now.